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The project will target adult educators and adults with disadvantaged backgrounds with special attention to the unemployed ones. Taking into consideration the broad national contexts and specifics attached to term “disadvantaged backgrounds” we agreed to adopt a common working definition, which refers to this group of citizens as being in a disadvantage position compared to their peers in staying or accessing the labour market facing one or more obstacles. Based on the experience of each partner, we agreed to target adults facing: sociocultural difficulties – related to experiencing discrimination because of gender, ethnicity or religion, economic-related to unemployment and poverty and geographical – citizens living in small towns or rural areas, where the employment opportunities are limited and the rate of long-term unemployment is higher in comparison with other regions, disabled people. These groups are often excluded from the opportunities for life-long training at a central level.

UPthEM project will develop an innovative training programme, called Upskilling Pathways for Employability (UPthEM Program). The programme will combine entrepreneurship and employability training curricula with a role-play simulation, during which learners will be engaged in the process of looking for employability options or starting their own business. The innovation lies in the inclusion in the UPthEM Program of two modules whose topics are still underestimated – Green Entrepreneurship and sustainable development and Social Empowerment.

The main objectives are to:

1. Elaborate UPthEm training programme for disadvantaged learners.

2. Shot 40 videos with successful motivating stories of disadvantaged people.

3. Train 25 (5 per country) adult educators to implement the programme.

4. Engage 50 adults (10 per country) from disadvantaged groups to explore the benefits of the programme through online dissemination activities and 5 multiplier events.

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